Water Quality Division

Current Events

Meeting Date Topic Time & Location
October 24, 2014 Wyoming Water and Waste Advisory Board Meeting
9:00 AM
Auditorium of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Basko Building
2211 King Boulevard
Casper, Wyoming

Public Notices or Public Comment Opportunities

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EW Crow Creek Ranch has requested a waiver from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Division (WDEQ/WQD) for a temporary increase in turbidity in Crow Creek (Section 17, T31N, R119W) in Lincoln County. Activity in Crow Creek is normally limited to a ten NTU increase over background. Approval of this request would allow an exceedance of this limit for up to 8 days, subject to monitoring and reporting. This activity will follow the procedures in Chapter 1, Section 23(c)(ii), of the WDEQ Water Quality Rules and Regulations, which allow for temporary elevated levels of turbidity in certain circumstances. An application for a 404 Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been submitted. Proposed activities include creating two oxbow wetlands and improving trout habitat with pools, spawning riffles, boulders, and native riparian plantings.

Requests for related information and documents about the proposed temporary turbidity increase should be directed to Cathy Norris by email (cathy.norris@wyo.gov) or phone (307-777-6372). Comments must be addressed to Cathy Norris, Wyoming DEQ/WQD, Herschler Building, 122 W. 25th Street, Cheyenne, WY, 82002, and postmarked before 5:00 p.m. on October 14, 2014 (or faxed to 307-777-5973) to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted.

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Yellowstone National Park has requested a waiver from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Division (DEQ/WQD) for a temporary increase in turbidity in Yellowstone Lake (Section 23, T53N, R112W) in Park County. Activity in Yellowstone Lake is normally limited to a ten NTU increase over background. Approval of this request would allow an exceedance of this limit for up to 4 days, subject to monitoring and reporting. This activity will follow the procedures in Chapter 1, Section 23(c)(ii), of the Wyoming DEQ Water Quality Rules and Regulations, which allow for temporary elevated levels of turbidity in certain circumstances. An application for a 404 Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been submitted. Proposed activities include the removal and replacement of three culverts.

Requests for related information and documents about the proposed temporary turbidity increase should be directed to Cathy Norris by email (cathy.norris@wyo.gov) or phone (307-777-6372). Comments must be addressed to Cathy Norris, Wyoming DEQ/WQD, Herschler Building, 122 W. 25th Street, Cheyenne, WY, 82002, and postmarked before 5:00 p.m. on October 13, 2014 (or faxed to 307-777-5973) to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted.

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The Wyoming Water and Waste Advisory Board (WWAB) will meet on October 24, 2014 at 9:00 in the Auditorium of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Basko Building, 2211 King Boulevard, Casper, Wyoming. The public is invited to attend. Opportunity to comment on proposed rules presented to the WWAB for its consideration will be provided. Additional information is located at: http://deq.state.wy.us/shwd/gwg/pages/WWAB.asp

The Water Quality Division (WQD) will present proposed revisions to Water Quality Rules and Regulations Chapter 27, Underground Injection Control Program. The objective of the proposed revision is to streamline WQD’s Rules and Regulations by combining regulations and removing redundant passages from Chapter 8, Section 6, Chapter 13 and Chapter 16 in new Chapter 27, and to remove redundancies by reserving Chapter 9. WQD will request that the WWAB consider the proposed revisions and make a recommendation of adoption to the Environmental Quality Council. Written comments regarding the proposed changes to Chapters 8, Section 6, Chapter 9, Chapter 13, Chapter 16, and Chapter 27 may be directed to Kevin Frederick, DEQ/WQD, Herschler Building 4-W, 122 West 25th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, (307) 777-7781. Email comments will not be included in the public record.

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Water Quality Division General Permit Authorizations

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WYPDES PROPOSED  Discharge Permit Public Notices

Applications and Draft Permits associated with the Public Notice will be posted within five (5) business days of Public Notice Publication.

January 17, 2014

Comment due date February 18, 2014
February 14, 2014

Comment due date
March 17, 2014
February 25, 2014

Comment due date March 26, 2014
March 17, 2014

Comment due date
 April 17, 2014
April 16, 2014

Comment due date
 May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014

Comment due date
June 16, 2014
June 16, 2014

Comment due date
July 18, 2014
July 18, 2014

Comment due date
August 18, 2014
August 15, 2014

Comment due date
September 15, 2014
September 15, 2014

Comment due date
October 16, 2014
   
       
       
       
     

 

Past Public notices may be viewed on the
Public Notice Archive Page

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UIC (Underground Injection Control) Injection Well Permits

Draft Permit - UIC # 14-237 Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to renew Uranium One Americas, Inc.'s existing permit for authorization to inject into two (2) injection wells which have not yet been built. The injection wells will dispose of wastes generated during the insitu mining of uranium. The applicant proposes to inject non-hazardous industrial wastes at a total maximum injection rate of 6,180 barrels per day for all wells into the Teckla, Teapot and Parkman Sandstones. Groundwater within the injection formations is classified as Class VI according to Wyoming Water Quality Rules and Regulations, Chapter 8. This classification is made because of the following criteria: the depth of these formations is such that production of water from these formations is not economically of technically practical ((WQRR Chapter 8. Section 4(d)(ix)(C); the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) concentrations in these formations are greater than 7,4000 mg/L and may  exceed 18,000 mg/L (WQRR Chapter 8. Section 4(d)(ix)(A); and these formations are associated with hydrocarbons therefore, the water within them is likely to contain high levels of dissolved hydrocarbons (WQRR Chapter8.Section 4(d)(ix)(B). The permittee Uranium One Americas, Inc., 907 N. Poplar St., Suite 260, Casper, WY 82601. The Irigaray Ranch Disposal Well Field is located in the Sections 8 and 9, Township 45 North, Range 77 West of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Johnson County, WY. The public is invited to comment on this draft permit until September 23rd, 2014.

Public Notice    Draft Permit

  Supplemental Information 

Linc Energy, Inc. Public Hearing Information

Response to Public Comments            Submittal to US EPA (Includes Comments Received)

UIC Intent to terminate UIC Permits

Patriot Energy Resources LLC(Patriot) operates two active facilities (listed below), permitted by the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program under UIC permit numbers10-498 (Mod 2) and 11-207. These facilities inject wastewater & other constituents into subsurface formations through authorization under individual permits issued by the UIC program. These permits & authorizations require periodic groundwater & injectate monitoring for the various constituents, &  periodic reporting of the results to the UIC Program. The permits also require periodic testing to ensure the injection wells maintain mechanical integrity, and reporting of these results to the UIC Program. This notice informs the public of the WDEQ's intent to terminate the permits listed below for Patriot's failure to meet the monitoring & reporting conditions in their permits & the DEQ's intent to require reclamation

Notice of Intent to Terminate Permits

"UIC FINAL PERMIT" # 13-485 Prairie Wind Elementary School's Septic System (Class V Injection Well)

Response to Comments-13-485   

Final Permit--13-485

Draft Permit # 09-670 Dyno Nobel Inc. is proposing to renew their existing permit for authorization to inject into four injection wells, three of which already exist and a fourth which was previously permitted but has not yet been built. The injection wells will continue the disposal of wastes generated during the manufacture of nitrogen-based fertilizers (ammonium nitrate, urea, and anhydrous ammonia), carbon dioxide, and dry ice, and a second waste stream consisting of surface and groundwater remediation wastes. The applicant proposes to inject non-hazardous industrial wastes at a total maximum injection rate of 42,857 barrels per day for all wells into the Hygiene Sandstone member of the Pierre Shale Formation. Groundwater within the injection formations is classified as Class VI according to Wyoming Water Quality Rules and Regulations, Chapter 8. This classification is made because of the following criteria: the groundwater in the receiving aquifer contains contaminates from previous authorized injections from DW # 1, DW # 2, and DW # 3, and naturally contains oil and gas. This groundwater cannot be reasonably expected to provide sources of drinking water at this location. Further, the groundwater in the receiving aquifer is situated at such depths and locations that recovery and treatment for drinking water purposes is technologically and economically impractical. The permit applicant is Mr. Douglas E. Chandler, 83056 Otto Road, Cheyenne, WY 82003. DW # 1 is located in the SW1/4,NW1/4, Section 16; DW # 2 is located in the NE1/4, SE1/4, Section 17, DW # 3 is located in the NW 1/4,SE1/4, Section 17, and DW # 4 is proposed for location in the NW1/4,SE1/4 Section 17, Township 13 North, Range 67 West of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Laramie County, WY. The public is invited to comment on this draft permit until July 10th, 2014.

Public Notice       Draft Permit Supplemental Info

 

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                                              Last Update:  October 1, 2014